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In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. Many alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher’s stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. In analytical psychology, the term became a metaphor for the dark night of the soul, when an individual confronts the shadow within.
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Albedo means “whiteness”. Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio - the washing away of impurities. In this process, the subject is divided into two opposing principles to be later coagulated to form a unity of opposites or coincidentia oppositorum during rubedo. It is a phase where insight into shadow projections are realized, and inflated ego and unneeded conceptualizations are removed from the psyche.
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My aim is to bring the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors to the current age in an attempt to unearth and revive a true understanding of our cosmos as well as to reaffirm our place in it. I hope my offerings and efforts can help, in some small way, revive the wisdom of the old and help it flourish in the hearts and minds of seekers in our current era.